Recently, after observing the moral decay in society (i.e., gender roles, sexual immorality) I could not help but notice a peculiar trend. Testosterone levels among men have dropped a statistically significant degree each decade following the 1950's. A commensurate change in estrogen changes has also been observed among females since the same decade.
In short, men are losing their masculinity and becoming more effeminate whereas women are becoming more masculine. I asked Elder Ephraim of St. Anthony's Monastery in Arizona about this during a recent conversation I had with him. He mentioned that this trend -- men becoming more like women and women becoming more like men -- is indeed real. For this reason, he is often misunderstood and cast as out of touch with respect to any advice he gives concerning marital relations. He is known to have said that men should not engage in oral sex with their wives. Moreover, he has said that some men and women should even live as brother and sister within the marital context.
These indications are not intended to destroy the ability of a man to enjoy his wife as God originally intended -- that is to say that a man cannot enjoy sexual relations with his wife but for procreation. Rather, Elder Ephraim wants to help us, God's children, understand that God is trying to protect men from further emasculation because of the current ethos which allows for men to explore their "femininity" and women to explore "more masculine roles." Elder Ephraim's suggestions, if not followed by many of those who come to him for help, would redound in a further decay of the gender identity of both the man and the woman and further collapse the strength of the marriage.
Elder Ephraim, is, in effect, trying to stem the gender role reversals perpetuated by the devil in today's society. God loves us, His children. We should aim to do that which we can so that Christ can restore us men to the image he intended for men and women to the image he intended for women -- free of the ugly demonic imprint of the past 60 years.
Edited by Anthony T., 06 February 2015 - 10:04 PM.